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Pakistan Medical and Dental Council – strategic imperatives

Published in The News International on February 08, 2006: Recent controversies around the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), the efforts presently underway to break the resulting stalemate and more topically offered solutions now favoring a major overhaul highlight an opportunity to flag some fundamental questions about the role of this institution. Mandated with a normative and regulatory role within the ambit of the medical profession, PMDC is a statutory autonomous organization. The PMDC Ordinance of 1962 and the subsequent amendments introduced in 1967 and 73 provide a policy framework enabling it to set standards of medical education, register practitioners and accredit academic medical establishments. But is this all that needs to be within the PMDCs remit? Or should its role be broader given that this is the only body that regulates the medical profession? If considerations of protecting, promoting and maintaining the health and safety of the patients are brought to bear – as they should given that they are the cornerstones PMDC's code of ethics – perhaps there is a need for revisiting its scope. These bring...

Improving heart health in Europe.

Nishtar S. Improving heart health in Europe. Circulation 2006;113(4):f16 Download Attached file #...

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